Monday, 9 March 2015

Summer stories

ready for stories
 Summer stories
Stories in school with Creeping Toad

Summer 2015

celebrating the richness of the season, here are old stories, 
new adventures and chances to create tales that

no-one has ever heard before!

With stories spinning from the first signs of spring right through to earth giants, summer flowers and thunder-tigers, here are stories and activities to enchant and inspire.

me, in action at Plas Power Woods*
I am now taking bookings for the summer term -and would welcome enquiries from schools, clubs, parks and nature reserves looking for public events, and just about anyone really! We all breathe the same air, maybe we can all enjoy the same world!


I am based in Buxton in Derbyshire and organise work spreading out from there. I am due in the north of Scotland for two definite blocks of time

April: 20 - 29th

August 24th - September 4th

Other than that will be working across England, with a few days now and then in specific areas - Sussex for example in April and May.

So, if you're interested in a workshop get in touch and we'll sort something out

planning Arts Week? shaking your literacy up a bit? designing a celebration? hoping to get to grips with the stories of stones or the speaking and listening of your children....

Who are workshops for?

Most of my work is with school children from Reception through to the end of Primary , but activities can be adapted to suit Reception or High School students. Equally, public events might be aimed at families or shifted to suit particular audiences - I'm writing stories and poems with adult groups just now on one project and training teachers on another.

What could we do?

A days visit to your school might include

storytelling performances: lasting up to 60 minutes for up to 90 children at a time

stories out of anything! outdoors or in, we'll use leaves and pine cones, twigs and stones and shells to inspire words, create poems and shape a set of stories never told before

(allow 60 minutes for a class session)

story and book workshops: taking a bit longer (allow 90 minutes for a class) as well as discovering those stories no-one has ever heard before, now we will build those into the books that no-one has ever read before and leave the classroom with a library no-one has ever visited before!

pop-up storyscapes: allow an hour for a class: gathering ideas, images and words well make quick 3-d landscapes holding the essence of a story or maybe the thrills of a lifecycle in a setting, key characters and the words that set the adventure running

a shadow puppet visit to a castle
shadow stories: out of my stories might come new stories: drawing on whatever theme we are working with to create quick performances of shadow puppets. Incorporating silhouettes, translucence and transparency, we'll mix science with story to create an (almost) instant set of story performances to show or perhaps to film

Ancient Lives: add a voice from the distant past to your history topics with stories that our Stone, Bronze or Iron Age ancestors might have listened to. Stories, models, artefacts and drawings can feed into art inspired by cave paintings, carvings and jewellery

inspired by Celtic jewellery
Old Scotland: sets of stories drawn from a Scottish heritage: tales of clans, of heroes and villains and the wonder-tales of an ancient Celtic world

your own themes and ideas: or are you exploring a particular theme that you would like to involve some stories in? pirates.tropical islands.ancient Greeks…fairies, frogs and trolls..where in our school would bears live?the Great Fire of London have all featured in recent Creeping Toad projects

How much?

 £250 a day: includes storytellers fee, travel and materials. Can be paid on the day or I can invoice you. 
Activities can be adapted to suit groups from Reception through to Secondary

 To book: contact me (Gordon) directly at


            or by telephone:

            landline: 01298 77964

            mobile: 07791 096857

you never know who, or what, will end up
 in a Creeping Toad story!

* Plas Power Woods photo c/o Laurence Crossman-Emms 
and the Woodland Trust

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